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Senator Ted Cruz didn't know what he stepped in when he decided to invoke the name of Lisa Simpson.
During the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference, Ted Cruz once again trotted out his supposed knowledge of pop culture. We know that the Texas senator loves The Princess Bride, but he also wants you to know he knows the names of each member of the The Simpsons. And he also wants to use them to make a very dubious political observation.
In his speech Thursday, Cruz said, "The Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson and Republicans are happily the party of Homer, Bart, Maggie, and Marge."
— Ben Kamisar (@bkamisar) February 22, 2018
If you're a Simpsons fan, we'll pause for you to gasp.
We can safely guess that Lisa's activist ways, vegetarianism, creativity, and the fact that she's a smart, independent female, would all make Cruz wear a big frowny face. But naming the rest of the family (including thebaby) as members of the Republican party seemed like a bridge too far for many online.
If there's one nerdy fandom that will defend its characters with vitriol, episodic knowledge, and Harvard Lampoon-level jokes, it's the Simpsons fandom. For when you come for one of the yellow, Springfield-based brood, you come for them all.
Didn't Lisa Simpson become president to replace President Trump in an old Simpsons episode? https://t.co/GgckYXu4B1
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) February 22, 2018
isn't she the only good person in Springfield?
— Andy Schwarz (@andyhre) February 22, 2018
can't wait for the Republican party to run Maggie Simpson and Mr. Burns's Gun in 2024 pic.twitter.com/PyTeAf8b2a
— Jesse David Fox (@JesseDavidFox) February 22, 2018
2016 Simpson family votes:
Homer: Told Marge he voted Clinton. Instead voted Trump.
Bart: Wrote in Gary Johnson in elementary mock election; malevolently chuckled
Lisa: Clinton (in elementary mock election)
Maggie: A literal baby.
— Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti) February 22, 2018
my new conspiracy theory, which I believe with all my heart, is that Ted Cruz has never seen the Simpsons and a staffer just read the Wikipedia page to him
— Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones) February 22, 2018
“I think the Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson.” – Sen. Ted Cruz pic.twitter.com/rylfRZgnzA
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) February 22, 2018
Lisa Simpson is the moral conscience of The Simpsons according to the writers and creators. She is also the smartest person in the family. @tedcruz, you gotta up your pop culture analogy game, dude. https://t.co/2BWMjeHdux
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 22, 2018
Homer was a union president https://t.co/UuTmoMx4yA
— crisis actor who thinks he can 'win one for soros' (@thetomzone) February 22, 2018
Lisa's the smartest one in the family, the kind, responsible nerd who thinks about other people's feelings and cares about the environment and social causes. This is quite the compliment. Thanks, @TedCruz! https://t.co/jBgyPDMTug
— Tasha Robinson (@TashaRobinson) February 22, 2018
And of course, it wasn't too terribly long ago that the Republican party saw The Simpsons as a real source of evil, poisoning the minds of America's youths.
Never forget that the first President George Bush said that, "we need a nation closer to The Waltons than The Simpsons."
What a short memory Ted Cruz has.
— Erik Malinowski (@erikmal) February 22, 2018